Vasanthapura's twin temples

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Vasanthapura is a small village in the Bangalore South taluk, located by the side of the road connecting Uttarahalli and Kanakapura Road. This village has now been brought under BBMP limits. Vasanthapura’s two ancient temples are not known to many.

The first one is the temple dedicated to Vasanthavallabharaya swami. It is over 600 years old. An idol of goddess Vasanthanayaki, the consort of Vallabharaya swami, can also be seen. Idols of Lord Anjaneya and Sudarshana Naarasimha are also worshipped in this temple. The idol of Lord Sudarshana Naarasimha was installed recently. The annual car festival held on the Maaghamaasa Makhanakshatra day every year, draws a huge gathering of devotees. Another temple, situated by the side of Vallabharaya swami temple, is dedicated to Lord Bhavanishankara. The temple was constructed over 400 years ago by Samarth Ramadass, guru of well known Maratha ruler, Chathrapathi Shivaji Maharaj.

The idol of goddess Amba Bhavani was installed first, and then, the Peshwa rulers installed the Shiva linga The idol of Amba Bhavani was renamed as Prasanna Parvathi later.  Idols of Mahaganapathi and Balasubramanya are also installed in the same temple premises. The temple is also home to  idols of saint composers Purandaradasa and Thyagaraja. Thyagaraja aaraadhana is organised in the Pushya maasa on the Bahula panchami day and it goes on for five days. Carnatic music concerts are arranged in the evening.

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